Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Amy, Mandy, Renee, Shelly, and Rosie thank you!! I know these children will LOVE them!!! You all have a heart of gold.
If you are in a women's group and would like to do this please email me firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to help get you started!
This will be my last post for the year. Heartfelt Couture continues to reach families and children everyday. 2009 was an exceptional year and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for HFC in 2010.
Blessings, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Friday, December 4, 2009
This would be great for a high schooler that is looking for work experience/college references. I will work with their school/activties schedule.
I only have room for 1 person right now. Please email me at email@example.com if you know someone that maybe interested.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It gives the history of the CPSIA law passed in August 2008 and more information.
I know this is all confusing but Heartfelt Couture will abide by this law.
On another note. Heartfelt Couture is now Heartfelt Couture, Inc. We should have our 501c3 application completed in a week or so and we have raised part of the money for our IRS fee. Thank you all so much for helping and praying faithfully.
Blessings to all,
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Did you know that Poppy Lane Photography is offering a Heartfelt Couture package? Check the out http://www.poppylanephotography.blogspot.com/. Because of Poppy Lane most of our IRS fee is going to be taken care of!!!!
Did you know that between Dec 2008 and Dec 2009 almost 200 gowns have been given out?
Did you know we have given out almost 10 name pillows?
Did you know that a gown costs between $12-$20?
Did you know that Heartfelt Couture saves all the scrapes from the gowns to make the name pillows? Not an inch is wasted!
Did you know that not only do we do gown deliveries to Medical City Children's Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and Cook Children's Hospital, we have also sent gowns out to children all over the US?
Did you know that all of the money earned from pillow sales ($30) goes towards a child in the hospital? He or she will receive a pillow and gown with all costs covered.
Did you know your financial contribution is tax deductible? We will also have our 501c3 status completed in a few more weeks.
Did you know that the Texas Rangers wives have helped make over 40 gowns?
Did you know we will have to use certain fabrics due to a law passed awhile back? Anything made for children 12 and under has to be lead tested. There are fabrics that comply with the CPSIA law. I have found a shop on Etsy that will sell us fabric for a reduced price. If you want more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that HFC started with 2 stay at home moms? Now we have several moms helping out. They give their time, talents, and money. They purchase the gowns and cut/sew them. This would not be possible with out their generosity.
Did you know we gave 35 children on the heart floor at Texas Children's Hospital gowns and hat boxes filled with goodies to be open on Christmas Day 2008?
Did you know we are on Facebook and only have less than 200 members? And our blog is only followed my less than 20. Let's get those numbers up so more children can receive a gown and pillow!
Even though giving a custom hospital gown to a child is a small thing it does something to their spirit. And something to the parents spirit. To know that someone took their time and money to make something special, for someone they don't know puts a smile on any one's face. And this shows the love of Christ.
Jesus said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you can plant in the ground. Yet when it is planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in it's shade." Mark 4:30-32
I have such a passion for Heartfelt Couture, you don't even know. I am thinking and praying for it everyday almost every hour. I think by touching and enriching others lives it gives them hope. Also it teaches these children to be givers too! Teaching the children of tomorrow to give will be AMAZING
Love to all,
Monday, October 26, 2009
I cannot even put into words how deeply sad I am for this family. I know we don't understand what God's will is for our lives and I do rejoice that she is with our King, but at the same time I know her mom and dad miss her DEEPLY. Please pray for peace, understanding and comfort.
"O my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me." Jeremiah 8:18
Monday, October 19, 2009
Website-Right now the blog works but you have to scroll down to read everything and I would like for it to be simple to just click to read testimonies/about HFC/ways to give/donations. Things like that. We do own our domain name.
Labels for gowns-Due to the CPSIA law all gowns will have to be labeled. I have been using someone on Etsy and if you would like to just purchase them for us that would be fabulous.
Marketing materials-We need business cards, information cards, letter head etc. Also I am not a marketer my nature it's really a push for me. So if you are a good marketer than maybe emailing me ideas or ways to get the word out about HFC. If you want to just purchase these things for us I can also give you info and upload our designs and you can just pay for it.
Supplies-thread, velcro, interfacing, freezer paper. We go through a lot of these and you can just buy it and ship to me.
Fabric-This of course is the most important of all. We need 100% cotton fabric. In Feb of 2010 we will have to start using CPSIA certified fabrics. Moda, Michael Miller, and Amy Butler are all CPSIA certified fabrics. These fabrics are double in price from what is being bought now. If you would like to buy the fabric and have it shipped to me that is great. Or you can make a donation for the fabric. With the new fabrics it will cost between $10-$15 to make a small child's gown and $16-$20 to make a large child's gowns. A small takes 1 yard and a large takes 2 yards. Please know that none of the fabric is wasted I save all the scrapes and make name pillows out of them. My house is 1500 square feet and is filled with scraps of fabric.
Time-You can do a cutting night with your family, friends, woman group, or church group. If you are doing the cutting night before Feb 2010 you can use fabric from Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's. But after Feb 2010 please use the fabrics listed in the above fabrics. You can also email me and I have all the specifics. This would also be an amazing project for teenagers. A great way to have them give there time. All they need is some fabric and scissors. My girls are almost 4 are already know about the hospital gowns and what they are for.
Fundraising-This is the part that is the hardest for me and I pay a lot out of pocket because this is so hard. We do need funds for shipping to different children, batting for name pillows, and other supplies. Also paying lawyers to make sure we are complying with the laws of the IRS. If you have a talent that you would like to use to help us raise money that would be amazing. An example is Poppylane photography. Megan uses her talents to help us with the IRS non-profit fee.
Thank you ,
Just found this today. Heartfelt Couture is starting to spread! If you are interested in helping out email Keri.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
When Keri & I started Heartfelt Couture, my goal was to be very involved in working to get hospital gowns made and delivered to children in hospitals near us. Since then, we have been very successful in doing so. However, my child, Sarah, was scheduled to have her open heart surgery this past week and got rescheduled. We are now waiting to find out a date which should be in the next few weeks.
During this past week, I realized that my emotions are a slight bit overloaded and my mind is at full capacity. I feel like my computer when it is full of too many photos, info, emails, etc. Something has got to be cleared out so that I can think again and run faster. I am overloaded at the moment.
Keri and I have been talking and after some prayer and careful thought, I have come to the conclusion that I need to take a break from Heartfelt Couture for a while. My family and I have a lot to overcome in the next few months and I need to be able to be fully devoted to Sarah and Jason during this time and not feel guilty for not doing all that I want to do with Heartfelt Couture. I am sad to come to the realization that I am not superwoman and I cannot do it ALL, but I know with God, I can do what I am meant to do.
Keri will be taking over all operations with the help of some very special women who have already been helping her. She is confident that she will be able to handle it for now. My plan is to get involved again after things settle down at my house.
I thank each of you for your prayers and support during this time.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Megan with Poppy Lane photography has stepped up and said she would do the sessions for the same amount and donate her time. Only those that signed up for the session get the amazing deal but if you are in need of an amazing photographer please go to her blog www.poppylanephotography.blogspot.com
Thank you so much for your kind and giving heart. May God Bless and keep you!!!!!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Also keep Sarah, Sharon's daughter in your prayers as well. She will also be having heart surgery on Tues Oct 6th the same surgery that Mikaela is having today at the same hospital. The surgery will take place at Texas Children's Hospital and could take up to 8 hrs. Pray for Peace for both familes.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Also if you are part of a women's group or really any type of group that would like to do the same thing as Jennifer and you live in the DFW area I would love to come talk to your group or give you the information on doing a gown delivery if you are not local.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Her mom and dad posted this photo of her in her hospital gown that Jennifer Bowers made for Heartfelt Couture and sent to Hannah! She even put a little "H" on the heart pocket for Hannah! These photos are worth a million words! This makes everything we do worth it to see precious children snuggled in their cute little hospital gowns!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
If your child has recieved a gown from us and you would like us to post a photo in our "Hall of Fame" please email them to email@example.com ! I am also doing a short presentation on Sunday at my church and would LOVE to share photos of your precious children in one of our gowns! We hope you are all doing well and are blessed!
Great news update on Hannah....She is going home this week!!!!!!!!!! They are hoping to be released from the hospital by Friday!!!!!!!!! Praise the LORD!!!!! God is so good!
Love to all!
I know that all these women have a heart for giving and can't wait to meet them and deliver the gowns. We will also have some of the players come to deliver and the mascot. This ministry has grown faster than I ever thought possible. God is behind Heartfelt Couture all the way!!
If you know of a child that would like a gown and he/she doesn't go to Medical City Dallas Children's Hospital we would love to still make a gown for him/her. Please email us and we would be happy to mail you one.
Also Sharon has been working on our website www.heartfeltcouture.com check it out. It is still under construction!
God's Blessing to you,
"Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart."
2 Corinthians 4:1
Monday, July 20, 2009
Next year we will definitely do this again to raise more money for Heartfelt Couture. The IRS fee is a one time fee but we are reaching out to more and more hospitals everyday. Possibly Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. More on that later.
If you live in the Lufkin area and need a FABULOUS photographer for weddings or portraits. Sharon Swan is the only choice! Or she will travel for weddings I know she has in the past!
Love to all,
Friday, July 17, 2009
You must must must go to her website she has Fabulous gifts, and other amazing finds! She also sells fabric.
Heartfelt Couture has gone beyond any dreams Sharon or I had!!!
Love to all and God's Blessings,
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Help Heartfelt Couture raise money for an IRS fee and get your Christmas card pictures done at the same time!!!
Sharon is FABULOUS at taking pictures and she is AMAZING at digital design. I am definetly going to have her do our pictures. I already have 6 people interested so book soon to get your Christmas card!!!!
Thanks and God bless
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting a session time!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
"Hannah is doing so good the dr's are happy. WOW at the difference betwwen yesterday and today as far as the fluid, she is back to her regular size. GOD IS GOOD. They still expect her to be on the vent a few more days and hopefully come off next week sometime. Keep up the prayers ! God hears. Thanks!!!"
Thursday, July 9, 2009
"The catheter is doing what it is supposed thank you God. It is resting the kidneys and pulling off the fluid. she is more alert than she has been in a week, she is nodding yes and no to things and opening her eyes a lot. She even mouthed I love you today and brought her mommy to tears. Thanks for the prayers please keep them up."
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
She is 4 years old and had a heart transplant two years ago.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Photo of gowns being cut out by Jennifer from Austin!!!
Thank you, Jennifer!!!!!!!!!!!
Hello, everyone! This week has just been AWESOME!!!!
Thanks to Jennifer for turning us in to Kelly's Korner Blog!!!
And thanks to Kelly's Korner Blog for writing about us!!!!
We are SOOOOOOOOO thankful and blessed!
We have had NUMEROUS emails, comments, phone calls, etc. this week with women all over the United States wanting to make gowns, get fabric, cut patterns out and mail them to us and donate time and energy to our cause!!! For this, we are so thankful! Thanks to all of you who are emailing us and commenting and encouraging us!
We sometimes find it so hard to believe that this all started just about 8 months ago because my picky little princess didn't want to wear an ugly hospital gown! All because of Keri, who had made my daughter the CUTEST clothes in the past and I called her to see if she could do a hospital gown and because she felt led to make this a mission with women of faith is all of this possible!!!! (For those of you who haven't seen Keri's creations.....you should DEFINITELY check her out! Her shop is on "vacation" until July 15th...but check her shop on etsy after that! www.chasingbirdies.etsy.com) She will kill me for posting that! Oh, well! :P Sorry, Keri!
I am so excited that we are meeting so many new people who want to be involved in our project and so many women from so many places! This is truly uplifting and we know that God is working in our lives to help us reach others in similar situations as Sarah. If you know of a child who needs a gown, please EMAIL US at email@example.com . We will do our best to get it mailed out quickly!
We know that the blessings will pour upon each of you who are helping in so many ways!
Thank you all so much!
Have a blessed day!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I just wanted to send you a note of thanks now that our son's surgery is over and he is on the road to recovery. We received an adorable little gown for him to wear when we got to the hospital at 6:00am. And honestly, it was so much nicer to see him in that little army gown rather than the sterile hospital white or blue gowns. It really lightened the mood of the room to see that playful gown. Obviously, it was still hard for us to give our little guy over into the hands of the surgical staff, but your gift really touched our hearts. Thank you so much for your dedication to this ministry!
Elise, Jacob and Findlay Belk
Monday, May 4, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Also, I am selling on my website http://www.chasingbirdies.etsy.com/ a name pillow. When you buy a pillow you are also paying for a hospital gown for a child in the hospital. No profit will be made from the sell of these pillow. Whatever money I have leftover will also, go to make a name pillow for a child in the hospital. I will be using the scraps from the gowns. Each pillow will be a different size due to the length of the name. It is super cute and would make a great gift!
Please also, pray for Sharon's daughter Sarah. She is having some medical issues. Pray for this sweet girl with a tremendous heart.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
The day of delivery, one of my best friends, Shanna, went with me to help! She was SUCH a help! I loved getting to spend the day with her and hang out and be able to do something nice for others to be a blessing at Christmas! It was a great day for both of us.
When we got to Texas Children's Hospital, there were NO carts available. We had to wait for about 30 minutes and still didn't have a cart. The valet parking attendants were so nice. They didn't make us move our car. We got to leave it right out front so we could make several trips. ...with a wheel chair! We had to load the boxes into a wheelchair and Sarah's tiny umbrella stroller to carry them to the elevators and up 15 floors to deliver. It was comical, to say the least! When we got upstairs, we met the child life specialist for the 15th floor. Her name is Kate and she was SO helpful and sweet! I am so glad to have her as a contact. She came downstairs with us and brought a wagon and picked up the rest of the boxes and hospital gowns. She LOVED the gowns and thought that it was a really neat idea!
Below are some photos from packing and delivery! I can't wait to do this again!